Category Archives: Faith

My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.

Here’s a look at my day…diary style.

6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.

7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.

8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building.  Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.

8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations

We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.

This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.

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Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Cover)

A month ago I wrote about Matt Maher and his new song “Because He Lives”.

I’m thrilled to share our rendition of the song; a powerful proclamation of the life that we have because of Jesus.

This cover features Joseph San Jose, Monica Lou Ponce, and Marion Cheah. I’m impressed by their talent and musicianship, but more importantly by their faithfulness and humility.

I hope you enjoy listening and watching this as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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How I Know God’s Building

sd14aLast Friday night, I had the opportunity to address 150 of our Spirit Day volunteers at their orientation prior to the big event on Saturday and Sunday.  The majority of these volunteers were in grades 10, 11, and 12.

“How many of you went to Spirit Day as a grade 7 student?” I asked.

I’d guess that 75% – 80% of the students raised their hands.

I continued, “So why are you volunteering this weekend?”

“To give back,” one student replied.

“So the grade 7s can experience the same joy that I did when I attended,” answered another.

“To make new friends.”

“To share my gifts.”

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Matt Maher – Because He Lives

Name drop alert: most people know that I’m friends with Christian songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher.  Mind you, we’re not best friends, but we’re friends nonetheless.  He answers my texts once in a while, so in my book, we’re friends. :p

He’s my favourite worship leader for many reasons.  Ever since I met him in 1995, I’ve been impressed by his talent, his faithfulness, and his humility.  He’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.

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